Entertainment The Best Movies Set in Australia  

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List Rules Vote up the best major film releases in which Australia is a setting so important, it's nearly a character itself.

These are the best movies set in Australia, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some of the top films set in Australia are full of action and adventure, while other great Australian movies are love stories. A few of the greatest movies set in Australia are pieces of multi-film franchises.

What films will you find on this best movies set in Australia list? Of course the original Mad Max, starring Mel Gibson, has to be near the top of any Australian film list. The first three films in this classic series were filmed around Australia, but the newest edition, Mad Max:Fury Road was filmed in Namibia. Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, is another engaging film set in Australia.

The 2013 movie, Tracks, finds Mia Wasikowska hiking across the Australian desert accompanied only by her animal companions. Other good movies that are featured on this top movies set in Australia list include Walkabout, Crocodile Dundee and Muriel's Wedding.

Which Australian film is your all-time favorite? Vote the best movies up to the top of this list and share some of your favorite Australian movie moments in the comments section.
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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley
Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy and starring Mel Gibson. James McCausland and Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by ...more
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Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Robert Grubb
Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, about several young men from rural Western Australia who enlist in the Australian Army during the ...more
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Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson
Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 Australian comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New York City. It stars Paul Hogan as the weathered Mick Dundee. Hogan's future wife Linda Kozlowski ...more
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The Castle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Eric Bana, Bud Tingwell, Stephen Curry
The Castle is a 1997 Australian comedy film directed by Rob Sitch. It starred Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Tiriel Mora, Stephen Curry, Sophie Lee, Eric Bana and Charles 'Bud' Tingwell. The ...more
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Australia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham
Australia is an Australian romance film-epic film directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. An English aristocrat inherits a cattle station and when English cattle ...more
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41 22
The Adventures of Priscilla, Q... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual ...more
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36 18
Muriel's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter
Muriel's Wedding is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by P. J. Hogan. The film, which stars actors Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Jeanie Drynan, Sophie Lee, and Bill ...more
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27 12
Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Rachael Taylor, Josh Lucas, Noah Taylor
Red Dog is a 2011 Australian family film directed by Kriv Stenders and produced by Nelson Woss and Julie Ryan. The film is based on a true story from the novel Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres ...more
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23 14
Rabbit-Proof Fence is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Deborah Mailman
Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film directed by Phillip Noyce based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara. It is based on a true story concerning ...more
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The Man from Snowy River is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson, Gus Mercurio
The Man from Snowy River is a 1982 Australian drama film based on the Banjo Paterson poem The Man from Snowy River. The film had a cast including Kirk Douglas in a dual role as the brothers ...more
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Tracks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tracks
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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Steve Henderson added Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
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The Dish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton, Lenka
The Dish is a 2000 Australian film that tells a somewhat fictionalized story of the Parkes Observatory's role in relaying live television of man's first steps on the moon during the Apollo 11 ...more
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The Road Warrior is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Steve Henderson added
The Road Warrior is a 2013 short biographical drama sports film directed by Brian Mitchell.
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Ned Kelly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger
Ned Kelly is a 2003 Australian historical drama film directed by Gregor Jordan from a screenplay by John Michael McDonagh. The film portrays the life of Ned Kelly — a legendary bushranger in ...more
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Last Cab to Darwin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Diggers Quiz Host added Last Cab to Darwin Jacki Weaver, John Howard, Emma Hamilton
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Quigley Down Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Steve Henderson added Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo
Quigley Down Under is a 1990 Australian western film. Starring Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman and Laura San Giacomo, it was directed by Simon Wincer.
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Wake in Fright is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson, John Meillon
Wake in Fright is a 1971 Australian-American thriller film directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence and Chips Rafferty. The screenplay was written by Evan Jones, based ...more
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Sirens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Elle Macpherson, Hugh Grant, Portia de Rossi
Sirens is a 1994 film, written and directed by John Duigan, and set in Australia. Sirens and Bitter Moon were the films that brought Hugh Grant to the attention of American audiences.
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Lantana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey, Manu Bennett
Lantana is a 2001 drama film written by Andrew Bovell and Ray Lawrence.
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Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Jenny Agutter, John Meillon, David Gulpilil
Walkabout is a 1971 film set in Australia, directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg and David Gulpilil. Edward Bond wrote the screenplay, which is loosely based on the novel ...more
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The Mule Hugo Weaving, John Noble, Georgina Haig
The Mule is a 2014 comedical crime fiction film written by Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell and directed by Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony.
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The Cup is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Brendan Gleeson, Jodi Gordon, Bill Hunter
The Cup is a 2011 Australian biographical film about the 2002 Melbourne Cup horse race and is directed by Simon Wincer. It is about Damien Oliver's victory in the 2002 Melbourne Cup. This was ...more
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The Big Steal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Ben Mendelsohn, Claudia Karvan, Damon Herriman
The Big Steal is a 1990 Australian caper film directed by Nadia Tass starring Ben Mendelsohn, Claudia Karvan and Steve Bisley. David Parker was the scriptwriter and cinematographer. The film won ...more
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The Rover is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy
The Rover is a 2014 Australian dystopian drama film directed by David Michôd. Ten years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner (Guy Pearce) pursues the men who stole his only ...more